Masterfully painting with flower garland surrounding figures of Maria and child was executed in the early 18th century in the style of prominent Flamish-Italian painter Daniel Seghers ( 1590 - 1661).
Daniël Seghers or Daniel Seghers (1590 Antwerp - 1661) was a Flemish Jesuit brother and painter who specialized in flower still lifes. He is particularly well known for his contributions to the genre of "flower garland" painting.His paintings were collected enthusiastically by aristocratic patrons and he had numerous followers and imitators.
His pupils included Jan Philip van Thielen, Ottmar Elliger and Ignace Raeth and likely also Andries Bosman.
Seghers re-converted to Catholicism and in 1614 he became a novice in the Jesuit order in Mechelen. Seghers is recorded in Brussels in 1621 where he is known to have produced two flower garland paintings for the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula. In 1625 Seghers took his final vows as a Jesuit priest. Sources differ regarding his status in the Jesuit order: some claim that he was ordained a priest in 1625, while others argue that he remained a lay brother.
After his ordination in 1625 Seghers left for Rome where he stayed for two years. In Rome, Seghers had the opportunity to work on projects with the leading painters: he collaborated with Nicolas Poussin on a few religious paintings, while for Cardinal Ludovisi, Seghers painted a flower garland around an oval cartouche filled with putti by the hand of the Italian painter Domenichino. The composition is referred to as Double wreath surrounding a medaillion with the triumph of love.
Literature:Thieme/Becker, V.3, 1909. Benezit; monography by Irene Haberland, "Seghers, Daniel," Grove Art Online. Oxford University Press, [accessed 15 February 2015].
Technique: oil on canvas. Luxuriousy original period 18th century gold-plated and hand-crafted frame..
Measurements: unframed w 29 1/2" x h 39 1/4" (75 x 99,5 cm); framed w 38 1/2" x h 48 1/4"(98 x 122,5 cm).
Condition: in good condition, no inpaintings, relining of canvas.